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Poetry for Peace Contest

The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.

Below is one of the contest entries.

In the murdered peace

We shall be buried to the silent breeze
under the closed eyelids
of the absence,
in the entrenched color between the eyes of freedom,
in the waving rags of the lost peace.
With the face extended to the defeated sun
and our mouths drained out of words.

We shall be dead when the birds' song stops,
and ravens come to party to the battlefield.
The germinating seeds of anger flourish
and the graveyard
ask us the price for our uncertainty.

We shall be lost in the past tense,
swinging swords into the blindness unsuccessfully,
wishing for the one we've lost in shadows,
paying high taxes for the mending of our broken wings.

— Jael Uribe


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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